What did we learn from Star Wars?

Star Wars

The most impressive thing about George Lucas is that he made a fortune from only one clause of his contract as director of Star Wars.

Brush of Entertainment

El Skywalker Ranch He did not buy himself. Better, that money did not come overnight after the premiere of Star Wars. The greatness of George Lucas, in fact rests on having negotiated a correct clause within his management contract of the Star Wars saga.

The myth is this: Long ago in a very far galaxy George Lucas agreed to cut his remuneration by half as director of Star Wars so as to be the owner of the rights ofmerchandisingand derivatives of the film.

[Read article: What is a contract reviewed?]

In hindsight, that negotiation allowed him to receive millions of dollars in all the figures, video games, clothes, novels, comics, licenses and other derivatives.

In strict order Star Wars in a movie. By its acceptance and traction is also a universe that can be exploited in many ways.

The works are small individual pieces of what the authors do; the author is the owner of this small work and also has the exclusive power to adapt it. To change her language. Turn it into something else if you want.

[Read article: Negotiating 4 tips: time, territory, use and window.]

Star Wars is the example of a great product with multiple additional uses and endless possibilities of adaptation. It is surprising that they have not produced a large format musical on Broadway (yet).

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What goes with the domain names

Domain Names

A key part of a creative project is its name. An essential part of that name is that it can be used.

Label: Right of EntertainmentBrands are one thing. Domain names (presence on the internet) are something else. Not very different; But another thing.

You have to get there first. Same as with brands.

But its use is not limited to a single country. Good. If we consider that Internet It is not a country.

It is important to check the availability of the name with which the project is being baptized, to ensure that its presence on the internet is quiet and not to be surprises. The more homogeneous the better.

A great tool for reviewing the availability of domain names and social networking users is Namechk.

Over a name we end up overturning a lot of emotional ties; It is preferable to save the penalties, invest a little time in reviewing the availability and then opt for the name.

Having a domain name does not guarantee that we have a brand. That depends on the registration in each territory. One thing no Leads to the other.

And that we have a brand does not necessarily grant rights on the accounts of users in social networks. That depends on each social network, but they almost always go with the rule of "Step first, step hard".

The first choice of name is not always the strongest, and surely someone else has already thought about it and uses it. Do not be discouraged. Check it out.

Register your musical project's trademark

Which law applies on the internet?

Law on the internet

Internet is everywhere. That generates enough headaches when we ask, where do we have to sue? Or what court should decide this case?

Label: Right of EntertainmentInternet diluted territorial barriers. So thatFacebook Could be the largest country on earth. There Apparent free internet Has helped make the idea of ​​law subject to a specific territory increasingly difficult to land. Usually in the world off-line, The rules of what court to go to claim non-compliances or abuses of others have clear categories: territory where something happens, who commits it, or where the damage is generated.

In Colombia the subject is limited to:

  • General rule: Where the defendant usually lives, or has his business -in its home, That is the technical concept. But in Colombia, domicile sounds like lunch ... and so, it is not the case-;
    If the defendant does not have a domicile, it is demanded in the place of residence of the defendant;
    If the defendant has no domicile or residence in the country, in the court of the plaintiff's domicile.
  • Contracts:Where they are fulfilled, or in the place of domicile of the defendant.
  • Damage: The place where the incident occurred.
  • Goods: Where the goods are found.
  • Crimes:The place where the crime was committed (if known); Or where the complaint is made (if it is not known where the crime was committed).
  • Guardianship: Where the violation occurs, the threat or where its effects occur.

On the internet, multiple positions have been taken around the world. Although mainly three:

  • Demand where is the user.
  • Demand where is the Server where the information is stored.
  • Where was the infringement.

Each of these categories makes law enforcement a bit confusing.

The general principles of law.

The biggest challenge for land lawyers is to advise cross-border projects and minimize the risks of exposure to the maximum.

The advantage is that all countries follow general principles of law without much debate. However, it is necessary to take into account (but in the limitations) the reading that is given to a certain fact from another place. (E.g.

Directives of European Union on data processing is much more rigid than to say in Colombia).

Second, an analysis must be made of which areas are actually being established and whether any particular business or conduct may have legal consequences in that territory.


This academic article explains in more depth the subject: Pedroza, Israel Soler, and William Guillermo Jiménez Benítez.How to establish jurisdiction and competition in Internet cases ?: International and national trends. Dialogues of knowledge: research and social sciences 41 (2014): 15-32.

A band is something (I imagine) similar to a family or a couple (polyamorous) [Interview with Juan Manuel Torreblanca]

Interview Torreblanca

We speak with Juan Manuel Torreblanca, vocalist of the Mexican bandTorreblanca, To tell us about music, artistic creation, the art of sleeping and what remains to be said.

Juan Manuel Torreblanca is an exceptional musician. His compositions can go from Bubble-gumPop ("Rome") To dark songs full of textures ("1000 ghosts"). As an interpreter he can twist a song by José José ("So what?") To sew it on top of you. With the songs of Torrreblanca surprising in the nuances, it is music for multiple moods. He challenges you, he consents to you, he invites you. It is unmarked and will not be pigeonholed.

For the launch of the EP "Something was left unsaid" (2016), Torreblanca prepared a farewell concert and a documentary to register it. The group is currently in a pause, indefinite, necessary according to them. Those who humble their music with a smile between their lips, we hope that the pause does not extend much more.

She answered our questions with warmth and we deeply appreciate the time she spent with each one.

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Digital crimes?

Siam Group

Last month, radio station W Radio spoke about the history of the Siam musical group and the problems they faced when they "kidnapped" their social networks.


A pair of pop musicians who were subjected to what appears to be extortion. There is no other word. When someone goes beyond the limits imposed by the law and uses tactics for someone else to do something against his will, and there is no legal obligation to do so.

One may not want to pay the rent of the apartment; But the contract with the real estate agent to charge you what is pending ... so do not want.

Brush of EntertainmentSiam's mess seems to be a disagreement in front of his record label, and an abusive reading of the contract by the latter. Apparently the issue included stopping the disbursements of money towards them and taking control of their social networks without their authorization. There were threats. Among those to erase their accounts of social networks.[Full communiqué from the Siam group]

There I want to make the emphasis. About the alleged threat of erasing social network accounts.


Artists must be aware of the value of their intangibles ... not just their songs.

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